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Minister Coveney Announces High Levels of Electronic Calf Registrations - Over 890,000 Calves Registered Electronically in 2013

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD today announced a that over 890,000 calves were registered electronically using the Department's online service or an approved farm management package in 2012.

Welcoming this development, Minister Coveney said that this was a record level of electronic calf registrations and represents 41% of the calves registered last year.

The Minister explained that farmers who register calves electronically can avail of the facility to use the Animal Identification and Movement (AIM) database as an electronic herd register. Farmers can avail of the electronic herd register by registering with the Department at www.agfood.ie and use the Animal Identification and Movement (AIM) system to register calves and to move animals privately from farm to farm. AIM replaced an older version of the cattle database known as CMMS.

Minister Coveney said that " The use of the electronic herd register, including farmers using farm management software packages, removes the requirement to maintain the on-farm bovine herd register, known as the "blue book". The use of AIM to register calves electronically provides a good opportunity for farmers with home computers to use AIM as an electronic herd register. Use of the online electronic herd register reduces the risk of financial penalties arising at cross compliance inspections.”

The Minister added that the Department has provided a very useful manual on the Electronic Herd Register which is available on the Department’s website www.agriculture.gov.ie under “Animal Identification and Movement” at “Cattle”. The manual provides detailed instructions on how to register for the Department’s online facilities as well as providing screenshots covering all the main AIM facilities.

The Minister added that “A farmer may use an agent to submit calf birth registrations and movements electronically to AIM on their behalf and avail of the electronic herd register.” 

He said that he was pleased to see that “the Department is making every effort to expand the range of electronic services to the farming community by providing a facility for farmers to use an agent.” The Agency/Agent can be [a] a Teagasc advisor, [b] an agricultural consultant [c] local vet or [d] any third party that the keeper nominates for this purpose.

Farmers can download the necessary application forms to engage the services of an agent from the Department's website at www.agriculture.gov.ie under Animal Identification and Movement. Alternatively, a copy of the form to authorise an agent can be obtained at the local Department offices.

The Minister concluded with an outline of the services available to farmers that sign up with AIM on the Department’s online services at www.agfood.ie as set down below.

  • Online herd register facility  
  • Register calf births online
  • Obtain a Certificate of Compliance (permission to move cattle from one farm directly to another farm) online which can be printed off by the farmer moving the animals
  • View details of animals currently in their herd according to the AIM system 
  • View details of movements into and out of their herd

Date Released: 06 February 2013